A new study authored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in Clinical Infectious Diseases shows about 5% of all fluoroquinolones prescribed for adults in doctor’s offices and emergency departments are completely unnecessary, and about 20% of all fluoroquinolone prescriptions in these two settings are not the recommended first-line treatment. Due to the serious side effects they can cause, fluoroquinolones should only be used when absolutely necessary. Read the study to learn more.
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